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California Medical Association White Paper Calls for Regulation of Marijuana
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AudioBrief Dr. Stu Gitlow is interviewed about the Californian Medical Association's (CMA) white paper that calls for marijuana to be regulated and scheduled to allow further study, standardization and dosing to assure medical safety.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day — October 29
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 29 and provides drop sites to properly dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. More

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ASAM's State of the Art Course This Week
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ASAM's State of the Art course is this week in Washington, DC. Attendees will be learning about the latest research and treatments in understanding, preventing, diagnosing, and treating addiction and co-occurring medical and psychiatric disorders. Follow ASAM on Twitter at @ASAMorg and use hashtag #ASAMSOA when you tweet about the conference. More

CSAM Awards Lifetime Achievement to ASAM Member
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Dr. Garrett O'Connor received an award at the opening evening of the California Society of Addiction Medicine's "State of the Art Conference" honoring his profound contributions to the field of addition medicine. More

ASAM Member Receives CMA's Gary S. Nye, MD, Award for Physician Health and Well-Being
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ASAM Board Member Dr. David Pating received the California Medical Association's Gary S. Nye, M.D., Award for Physician Health and Well-Being. More




First Substance Use Until Treatment — Average Lapse of 15+ Years
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A new report finds a gap of several years exists between first substance use and treatment depending on the substance and gender. The average length of time between first substance use and first treatment entry is 15.6 years and varies from 20.2 years for alcohol to 7.8 years for prescription painkillers. More

Doctors Miss Many Alcohol Screening Opportunities
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Physicians often fail to counsel their young adult patients about excessive alcohol use, according to a study led by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. More

Screening Pregnant Women for Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Journal of Addiction Medicine (free member resource)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Physicians and other health care professionals need to screen for prenatal alcohol and drug use. More

Brain Mechanism Could Help Explain How Substance Abuse is Linked to Mood Disorders
Neuron (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research shows that those repeatedly exposed to cocaine have more severe depressive-like responses to social stress; possibly offering insight into why people addicted are often also diagnosed with mood disorders. More

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Longitudinal Development of Human Brain Wiring Continues From Childhood Into Adulthood
The Journal of Neuroscience (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Healthy human brain development is a complex process that continues during childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood. More

Genetic Association of Recovery From Eating Disorders: The Role of GABA Receptor SNPs
Neuropsychopharmacology (free abstract)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New insights into the development of more effective interventions for the most treatment-resistant eating disorders. More

Use of Stimulant Medications in Children With ADHD Climbing
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The use of prescription stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children has increased steadily over the last decade, according to a new study. More

Rhode Island Has Highest US Rate of Adult Serious Mental Illness
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A new report provides state-by-state analyses of the prevalence of any mental illness, including serious mental, and reveals significant variation across the country. For example, among adults aged 18 or older, the rate of serious mental illness in the past year ranged from 3.5 percent in Hawaii and South Dakota to 7.2 percent in Rhode Island. More




Opinion: Opioids for Chronic Pain
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Chronic, nonmalignant pain is common, and current management strategies clearly are not optimal. In this area, additional research and new treatments are badly needed. In the interim, we should not continue to prescribe high-dose opioids with little evidence of long-term benefit and clear evidence of substantial harm. More

Kentucky Combats Prescription Drug Abuse
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The Louisville Courier-Journal reports on prescription drug abuse in Kentucky in a series of articles and finds that some are driving as far as Florida or Georgia to fill prescriptions. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has announced a plan to combat prescription abuse. More






Medicare Announces Coverage of Annual Alcohol Abuse and Depression Screening
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said that Medicare will cover an annual screening of beneficiaries for depression under certain circumstances. ASAM provided comments supporting the CMS proposals August 18. More

IRS Ruling Strikes Fear in Medical Marijuana Industry
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In a potentially crushing blow to the burgeoning medical marijuana industry, the IRS has ruled that dispensaries cannot deduct standard business expenses such as payroll, security, or rent. More

Education


Become Certified in Addiction Medicine in 2012
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Physician medical specialists are eligible to sit for the American Board of Addiction Medicine Certification Examination on December 15. Download an application at www.abam.net. For more information, call 301-656-3378 or email email@abam.net.

Addictive Illness in a Patient Suffering With Pain Does Not Rule Out the Use of Opioids
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All individuals can be divided into two groups with respect to addictive illness: those who have the illness and those who do not. This seems intuitive, but the discussion becomes interesting as we consider that patients with a substance use disorder can be further divided between those who have tried the substance and those who have not. More

SAMSHA Minority Fellowship Program
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Read SAMSHA's latest publication to learn about doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships available to those from minority backgrounds who wish to support and improve services for people with mental health or substance abuse disorders. More

2012 Drug Court Planning Initiative Accepting Training Applications
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Drug Court Planning Initiative trainings are designed for communities interested in developing an adult drug court, veterans treatment court, or tribal healing-to-wellness court programs, and are sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance and U.S. Department of Justice in collaboration with the National Drug Court Institute. More





Events
Conferences
Clinical Training

Date Event Location More Information

Oct. 27 Physician Competencies in Lifestyle Medicine Online AMA Online

Oct. 27-29 State of the Art in Addiction Medicine Washington, DC ASAM

Oct. 29 Prescription Drug Take Back Day Nationwide Take Back Initiative

Nov. 3-5 AMERSA 35th Annual National Conference Arlington, VA AMERSA

Nov. 4-6 2011 CSAM Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference Vancouver, BC, Canada Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine

Dec. 2-4 Comprehensive MRO: Toxicology Testing and the Physician's Role in the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Washington, DC ASAM

Dec. 8 Practice Issues in Implementing Lifestyle Medicine: Redesigning Clinical Practice Online AMA Online

Dec. 8-11 AAAP 22nd Annual Meeting and Symposium Scottsdale, AZ AAAP

Jan. 13-15 Group Relations Conference: Authority and Leadership in Recovery from Addiction Chicago CCSGO-AKRI




Date Chapter Location More Information

Nov. 19 Maryland Linthicum, MD VA-DC-MDSAM Joint Educational and Business Meeting

Feb. 3-4 New York New York NYSAM 8th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference




 


Educational Resources

ASAM
Physician Clinical Support System

SBIRT Training

Families Facing Addiction
Free social networking site to unite families who are coping with the addiction of a loved one.

NIDA
Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse - Orchestrating Change

NIDA
Screening for Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Current Psychiatry
Benzodiazepines and Stimulants for Patients With Substance Use Disorders

JAAPA
Current Options in the Management of Opioid Dependence: A Review

PBS
Bill Moyers on Addiction
(5 Part Special)

Women For Sobriety
A national self-help program dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions.

Click here for more ASAM CME activities.





 
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Richard G. Soper, M.D., J.D., M.S., FASAM, Editor-In-Chief, ASAM Weekly
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